Forfar High Street

Forfar residents are invited to take part in a creative consultation and engagement programme and have a voice in shaping the future of the town centre.

The programme – known as a design charrette – is one in a series of charrettes commissioned by Angus Council to engage local residents in conversations about their communities.

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Local community organisations are working with the charrette team to develop the brief for the three-day ‘Future Forfar’ charrette.

Various planning and design workshops will give residents an opportunity to work with each other and local agencies with an interest in the future of Forfar town centre.

Two venues have been earmarked for a series of drop in sessions and workshops - the Future Forfar Cafe at 3 East High Street, and the Forfar Dramatic Society clubrooms at 132 East High Street.

The workshops will be led by Pidgin Perfect, a creative studio helping to build better communities across Scotland, bringing planners, architects, artists and other specialist staff together.

Future Forfar starts on Sunday, November 22 with a ‘Taste of Forfar’ session. 

Over the following two days the charrette team will host a series of creative conversations, activities and events exploring community and housing, the high street and retail, and tourism and leisure. Everyone who lives or works in Forfar has a contribution to make; all opinions and ideas are valid.

The aim of the charrette is to engage as many people and gather as many opinions as possible, to generate long and short term ideas for the future of the town centre. It will build on work already done by Angus Council and others to develop an understanding of local people’s hopes and aspirations for the town centre.

The Future Forfar charrette will finish on Tuesday, November 24 with a report from the delivery team followed by an exciting community music event.

The goal is to build commitment from the local community, local businesses and other stakeholders to take forward the vision that emerges and for all to play a part in making it happen.

Future Forfar is a joint project and initiative between Pidgin Perfect, Nick Wright Planning, Willie Miller Urban Design, Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Stirling University Institute of Retail Studies. For more information contact Maggie Sherrit at sherritm@angus.gov.uk Use #FutureForfar on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and visit Storify to see what others are saying!

SOURCE: Forfar Dispatch

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